Musings of the Chronologically Challenged™ Fourth Generation
Monday, November 24, 2003
No way Betsy doesn't have a staff of two dozen! How else could she find everything and link such pearls as this day after day? Thanks for linking this one, Betsy.
According to Dave Barry:
A new book has confirmed a theory that I first proposed in 1987, in a column explaining why men are physically unqualified to do housework. The problem, I argued, is that men -- because of a tragic genetic flaw -- cannot see dirt until there is enough of it to support agriculture. This puts men at a huge disadvantage against women, who can detect a single dirt molecule 20 feet away.
This is why a man and a woman can both be looking at the same bathroom commode, and the man --hindered by Male Genetic Dirt Blindness (MGDB) -- will perceive the commode surface as being clean enough for heart surgery or even meat slicing; whereas the woman can't even see the commode, only a teeming, commode-shaped swarm of bacteria. A woman can spend two hours cleaning a toothbrush holder and still not be totally satisfied; whereas if you ask a man to clean the entire New York City subway system, he'll go down there with a bottle of Windex and a single paper towel, then emerge 25 minutes later, weary but satisfied with a job well done.
Just as one gal's treasure is another gal's trash, so is one gal's hilarious another gal's boring. But to me this Barry article is hilarious. Read the entire masterpiece here.
This one is so important, I'm going to use it even though I can not trace backwards to where I found it. Profuse apologies to whomever referred me to this page. May you be tolerant of SM™. Operation Hero Miles is a great campaign to help our military personnel get free air miles to travel home for the holidays Another way to say thanks to the troops is through "Want to send a care package to Any Soldier in Iraq, but have no idea of what to send, who to send it to, or how to send it?" FAQs here. Check it out.
A new commenter on Sam's blog left another observation in response to her questions about God. (follow-up to PENSIVE, below, Nov. 20)
For you, the following might be a new way of thinking about God. It's what I know to be true.
The beginning of our lives here on earth is not the beginning of our existance as real, thinking people. We all existed before this life as spirits. As spirits we were limited. We could not experience all that God, having a tangible body, could experience. In order to achieve what he has we had to come to earth, recieve physical bodies, and learn how to use those bodies for good by experiencing hardship and evil. In order for us to learn we had to be given the right to choose for ourselves. Unfortunately, this means we are free to harm others and cause pain. This is difficult to fathom but it becomes easier when you realize that this life is not the beginning or the end. Also, it helps to understand that we can understand what something is without understanding what it is not. What I mean by this is, there is opposition in everything. We can't understand and desire the good without experiencing the bad. That is just a fact of life. Think of this life as difficult but worthy school. The rewards will be greater than you can ever dream when you graduate.
Dinky | Email | Homepage | 11.22.03 - 12:26 pm
Phillip Coons linked a liberal Army reservist wife with this (among other things) to say:
I don't have a flag sticker on my car or a yellow ribbon around the old oak tree. I know gay couples that should be married and straight couples that shouldn't. I want universal health insurance, over-funded public schools and a minimum wage that corresponds to the minimum amount of money it takes to survive. I think there are too many guns and not enough condoms. I wish people didn't have abortions and I wish they didn't commit suicide, but sometimes you have to let the people with the burden decide how to carry it. Mary Kay Clunies-Ross is a communications consultant in Seattle. Her husband is serving with the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment.
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Kevin McGehee has finally had a "link hissy-fit". Go see if you can figure out just what the heck he's done now. And get back to me, if you can.
Ocean Guy links to a delightful piece by Rick Dinitz: Excerpts from Tractate Thanksgiving
Jack, over at Random Fate, posted some outstanding quotes yesterday. My personal favorite: God is too big to fit into one religion. -Robert A. Heinlein
Chuck's gone again. But he left a new fun tale about Uncle NoPass. Read "Robyn is your dog" and leave Chuck a comment requesting more NoPass adventures. Some of the WW2 tales would be very interesting, for instance. Not a whole lot of those vets around to tell their tales now.
FINAL ROLL CALL
Now has its own domain. This site is updated daily, so if you haven't seen it lately, go see the faces of heroes.
LIVE FOR REAL
There are those who do it just for the show. And there are those who do it for real. There are those who tell you what they think you want to hear. And there are those who respect you enough to always speak the truth. There are those who merely go through the motions. And there are those who sincerely seek to create real and lasting value.
You can get by for a while just living on the surface of life, feeding on those things that are fleeting and meaningless. There will come a time, though, when you'll need and want something deeper, something with real nourishment.
And then you'll wonder why you ever wasted your time with all those shallow, insignificant things. The sooner you live for real, true to who you are, the better life will be.
-- Ralph Marston